APALA President’s Program

APALA President’s Program will feature a dynamic discussion between Dr. Catherine Ceniza Choy, a professor of Ethnic Studies at UC-Berkeley and Maria Taesil Hudson Carpenter, the City Librarian of the Santa Monica Public Library System. They will examine the issues raised by Geographies of Kinship: International Asian Adoption, a new film by award-winning Berkeley-based filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem, in the larger context of international adoption and reflect on universal questions of identity, assimilation, family, community, and advocacy. Excerpts from the film and a personal introduction especially produced for this program by Deann will be shown. The APALA President’s Program is co-sponsored by APALA and VRT.

Calendar of Events at ALA Annual 2015


2014 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Winners Selected

CHICAGO – The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), an affiliate of the American Library Association, has selected the winners of the 2014 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature (APAAL). The awards promote Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and are awarded to titles published from October 2013 to September 2014 based on their literary and artistic merit.

The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) was founded in 1980 by librarians of diverse Asian/Pacific ancestries committed to working together toward a common goal: to create an organization that would address the needs of Asian/Pacific American librarians and those who serve Asian/Pacific American communities.

There are five categories for the Awards, each with a Winner and an Honor book.

Here are the winners of the 2014 awards:

Adult Fiction
• Winner: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (Penguin Books)
• Honor: The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob (Random House)

Adult Non-Fiction
• Winner: Dubious Gastronomy: The Cultural Politics of Eating Asian in the USA by Robert Ji-Song Ku (University of Hawaii Press)
• Honor: Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self written by Alex Tizon (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Young Adult
• Winner: Tiger Girl by May-Lee Chai (GemmaMedia)
• Honor: Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang (First Second), illustration by Sonny Liew.

• Winner: Gaijin: American Prisoner of War by Matt Faulkner (Disney/Hyperion Books)
• Honor: Ting Ting by Kristie Hammond (Sono Nis Press, Canada)

Picture Book
• Winner: Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki and Qin Leng (Kids Can Press)
• Honor: Father’s Chinese Opera by Rich Lo (Sky Pony Press)

The winners will each receive an award plaque and an award seal on their book at the APALA Award Ceremony on Saturday, June 27, 2015 during the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA.

Publishers interested in submitting books for the 2016 awards should contact Dora Ho, Jury Co-Chair, at dorah2005@gmail.com

APALA Midwinter Events [UPDATED]

APALA Midwinter 2015 Events

Reminder: Early bird registration ends Thursday, January 29th.

Please find a list of our events and activities for the 2015 ALA Midwinter Conference. Registration for a visit to the Chinese-American Museum & the Chinatown Chicago Public Library on Friday and for the APALA 35th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner on Saturday is now live at http://www.apalaweb.org/resources/registration/.


Friday, January 30th
11:30 – 3:30 p.m. – The Chinese-American Museum & The Chinatown Chicago Public Library

Early Bird Registration: (before event) $15.00

Registration at event: $20.00

Gathering place: Networking Uncommons at McCormick Place, 11:30 a.m.

The Chinese-American Museum: 238 West 23rd Street, Chicago, IL 60616
The Chinatown Chicago Public Library: 2353 South Wentworth Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616

Tentative Schedule:
11:30am – 12:45 p.m. — Take bus to Chinatown and eat lunch
1:00 p.m. — Tour of the Chinese American Museum of Chicago
2:00 p.m. — Tour of Chinatown branch Chicago Public Library

Please join us for a tour of the fabulous Chinese-American Museum of Chicago & the Chinatown Chicago Public Library. For those who want to eat lunch in Chinatown beforehand, we will meet at the Networking Uncommons in the Convention Center on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. to take the bus to Chinatown. The tour of the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago begins at 1:00 p.m., followed by the tour of the Chinatown Chicago Public Library Branch. Tour will end around 3:30 p.m.

Register at http://www.apalaweb.org/resources/registration/

7:30 – 9:30 p.m. – APALA Executive Board Meeting, McCormick Place W186-C

Saturday, January 31st

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – APALA Membership & 35th Anniversary Committees Meeting, McCormick Place W473

6:30 – 10:00 p.m. – APALA 35th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner

Join us for a wonderful and entertaining evening with delicious Asian cuisine and great company! All are invited and encouraged to join APALA in celebrating our APALA 35th Anniversary & Symposium fundraising campaign.

Register at http://www.apalaweb.org/resources/registration/

Lao Sze Chuan
2172 South Archer Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 326-5040


Dear APALA Members

Dear APALA members:

On behalf of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), an ethnic association affiliated with the American Library Association (ALA), we would like you to invite you to consider donating to our great organization this holiday season via two opportunities:

Purchasing a gift or two or ten via amazon.com?  This holiday season help fundraise for APALA while you shop on AmazonSmile!  If you are not familiar with AmazonSmile, it is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

To access APALA’s Amazon Smile webpage click on the banner ad on http://www.apalaweb.org/  or go directly to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-1571421  

Done with your holiday shopping?  We don’t want you to feel left out — in the spirit of the holidays, your generous cash donation will support our ongoing awards and scholarships which are awarded annually:

  • Emerging Leader
  • Travel Grant
  • APALA Scholarship

Most importantly, your contribution will be a perfect gift for you – an “end-of-the-season” tax write off.  Consider donating to APALA today!


APALA Finance/Fundraising Committee:

Lessa Pelayo-Lozada (co-chair)
Sandy Wee (co-chair)
Peter Spyers-Duran
Shoko Tokoro
Tinamarie Vella

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